London Zoo Frequently Asked Questions

Here you’ll find the answers to your questions about ZSL London Zoo, one of the city’s most-popular attractions.

What is London Zoo?

London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo. Its initial purpose was to house collections for scientific study. It later opened to the public.

Where’s London Zoo?

The location of London Zoo is at the north edge of Regent’s Park. It stands on the boundary between the City of Westminster and the London borough of Camden. Regent’s Canal runs through it.

Who owns London Zoo?

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) manages London Zoo. However, the society receives no state funding. Instead, ZSL relies on entrance fees, memberships and sponsorship to generate income.

When did London Zoo open?

London Zoo opened in April 1828 to fellows of the Zoological Society of London. King George IV went on to grant the society a Royal Charter the following year. In 1847, London Zoo was opened to the public to aid its funding.

How big is London Zoo?

London Zoo is approximately 14 hectares, or 0.056 square miles in size.

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The Penguin Beach exhibit at London Zoo.

Where is London Zoo entrance?

The main entrance to London Zoo is on the Outer Circle of Regent’s Park.

Can I park at London Zoo?

Parking is available for London Zoo. For visitors with cars or motorbikes, the cost is currently £14.50. For Members and Fellows of ZSL, parking is free from 10 AM Monday to Friday.

Where is London Zoo car park?

The car park, like the zoo, is situated on the Outer Circle of Regent’s Park. It is a short walk from the zoo’s main entrance.

Is London Zoo in congestion charge zone?

London Zoo is situated outside of the congestion charge zone.

Can you drive through London Zoo?

No. However, visitors can drive through Whipsnade Zoo, a sister site of London Zoo based near Dunstable.

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The ‘Land of Lions’ at London Zoo

Is London Zoo included in the London Pass?

Yes, the London Pass includes fast-track access to many top London attractions, including London Zoo.

What animals are at London Zoo?

London Zoo is home to many animals. Among them are:

  • Camels
  • Giraffes
  • Asiatic Lions
  • Sumatra Tigers
  • Gibbons
  • Gorillas
  • Spider Monkeys
  • Crocodiles
  • Snakes
  • Penguins

And many, many more!

What are London Zoo opening times?

London Zoo is open all year round except on Christmas Day. The standard London Zoo opening and closing times vary throughout the year. From April until September, the zoo is open from 10 AM to 6 PM. In September and October, it opens at 10 AM and closes at either 5 PM or 5.30 PM. From the end of October, the zoo closes at 4 PM. Last admission is one hour before closing time.

What’s near London Zoo?

London Zoo is located inside Regent’s Park. It is close to Camden Town, Madame Tussauds, the Wellcome Collection, and Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Is London Zoo for toddlers?

London Zoo is an excellent destination for young children, offering a fun day out. The Zoo has step-free access and baby changing facilities, as well as kid-friendly dining options and a petting zoo.

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The lemur exhibit at London Zoo.
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